In today’s lesson from Hollywood, we’re learning why it’s important to always shoot your shot. That’s exactly what Game of Thrones actors Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) and Carice van Houten (Melisandre) did when they submitted their names for consideration to this year’s Emmy Awards. Each of the trio scored an individual acting nomination — no thanks to HBO, which did not submit their names for consideration.
HBO confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that it did not submit Allen, Christie, or van Houten for consideration, with the three actors deciding to pay the $225 entry fee and submit their names on their own. Allen is up for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Christie is battling it out in Best Supporting Actress in a Drama series, and van Houten will cast a spell on Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
The three actors helped the HBO drama earn its latest record as the most nominated single season of TV, with Game of Thrones taking home a whopping 32 nominations. Ten of the nominations are in acting categories, with GoT stars Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Kit Harington (Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen/guy who should be King) all nominated in addition to Allen, Christie and van Houten. Game of Thrones also earned a nomination for Best Drama, which means the Emmy voters are basing their decision on The Long Night and not the series finale.
Game of Thrones’ final season has 12 more Emmy nominations than the next leading series, Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It’s a fitting honour for the groundbreaking season of TV, which broke streaming records and required thousands of hours, months of planning and shooting, and a grueling schedule for the hundreds of cast and crew who brought the series’ epic finale to life. See Game of Thrones: The Last Watch for further proof.
With 10 acting nominations, the Game of Thrones cast will find themselves in a familiar situation of battling one another for the throne/gold statute. Allen, Dinklage and Coster-Waldau are up for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, while Christie, Turner and Williams will go head-to-head in Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Brienne of Tarth versus the Queen of the North versus Arya ‘Night King Killer’ Stark? Yeah, we’re playing it safe and putting our money on all three women.
As pointed out by THR, it’s not uncommon for actors to submit their own names for consideration, but it rarely results in a nomination. The magazine also reports that HBO likely didn’t submit Allen and Christie out of fear that they may undercut the other two GoT actors nominated in the category. But as we would like to point out, Hollywood is a tough place and life after a successful series ends is easier with an Emmy nomination next to your name. Also, Allen and Christie were both incredible in Season 6. So, there’s that.
The 2019 Emmy Awards, which have yet to announce a host, will take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with the live broadcast airing on CTV at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 22. Click here for the list of nominees.